The Journal: New Wines Honouring the Heritage of Diemersdal

Top image: owner-winemaker Thys Louw

Diemersdal Estate in Durbanville has released a new top-tier range of wines incorporating individually grown and crafted Sauvignon Blanc, Cabernet Sauvignon and Pinotage. Called The Journal, the range honours the legacy and history of Diemersdal and the Louw family, the sixth generation of which are now presiding over the estate in the person of owner-winemaker Thys Louw.


Top 10 Cabernet Sauvignon Slot for Diemersdal’s new The Journal

Diemersdal Wine Estate is the only winery from the Durbanville wine region to garner a Top 10 slot in the latest Cabernet Sauvignon Report presented by in conjunction with financial services company Prescient. The Journal Cabernet Sauvignon 2018, the first vintage of this wine in Diemersdal’s new The Journal range, was one of the ten best performers out of the 100 Cabernet Sauvignon wines submitted for the report.


Things I Learnt About The South African Wine Industry During Lockdown

Writer: Emile Joubert


De Wetshof Finesse Chardonnay: 30 Years Of Elegance

With the release of its Finesse Chardonnay 2019, De Wetshof Estate in Robertson celebrates three decades of this popular and integral part of the Estate’s portfolio. Finesse is one of five Chardonnays made by De Wetshof, a pioneering South African Chardonnay producer who has since the 1980s been at the forefront of this cultivar’s expansion throughout the Cape winelands.


Chamonix Sauvignon Blanc 2020 Shows Unique Delights of Franschhoek Terroir

The latest wine release from Chamonix Wine Estate, its Sauvignon Blanc 2020, combines the variety’s characteristic brisk, green freshness with a summery tropical length and complex mouthfeel. In his first vintage as head-winemaker at this premier Franschhoek wine estate, Neil Bruwer says the aim with the Chamonix Sauvignon Blanc was to maximise the varietal expression in terms of depth of flavour. “We don’t have a lot of Sauvignon Blanc grapes to work with, only four hectares presenting low yields, so my objective is to make every bunch of fruit harvested count by bringing its full potential to the fore,” says Bruwer.


No Aroma With Corona

During a recent spell of Covid-19, I was witness to the fact that the virus instantaneously paralyses one’s sense of taste and smell. For me, the temporary inability to detect an aroma of any sort was of more significant concern than the tightened vice-grip on the chest, the volcanic fever and the general feeling of lame lousiness. For trust me, without a sense of smell, the world is an empty, hollow and uninspiring place.


De Wetshof Estate Offers Rare Older Vintages Through Wine Library

Demand from wine collectors and discerning customers has led to De Wetshof Estate introducing a Wine Library from where rare older vintages of this acclaimed Robertson farm’s wines are available for purchase. One of South Africa’s leading Chardonnay producers, De Wetshof makes a range of site-specific wines, each bearing the unique fingerprint of individuals pocket of terroir found on the estate. 


Chamonix Estate Releases Maiden Vintage from 2020 Vintage

Chamonix Estate, the award-winning wine farm in the Franschhoek Valley, has bottled its first wine from the highly-rated 2020 vintage, with the Chamonix Unoaked Chardonnay 2020 ready for release once South Africa’s Covid-lockdown is over.


Sancerre Winemaker Reflects on Harvest at Diemersdal Wine Estate

Top image caption: Janeke Beck, left, from Diemersdal and Alice Caillat in the vineyards


Coronavirus Leads to Surge in Demand for Organic Wine and Food

The demand for organic wine and other sustainably farmed, natural products is set to increase as a result of the current Corona crisis, with consumers becoming increasingly aware of the relationship between nutrition and health. According to Frank Meaker, cellarmaster at Org de Rac, an organic wine farm in South Africa’s Swartland wine region, it is still too early to say what the impact of this will be on local wine producers as all wine sales and exports are shut-down due to the virus.